A worldview is essentially the story we tell ourselves to make sense of life. It helps us to answer questions about why we exist, where we find meaning, what’s the right way to live, and where our story is heading. And these are questions we bring to our sexuality to develop our sexual worldview as well.
From the very beginning, God created us as male and female to reflect his divine image. As such, our sexuality is not mere happenstance or simply a creation of our own imaginations. God intentionally designed us a sexual beings, including our genitals and the way we respond to sexual stimuli.This was all God’s idea.
And he did this in part so that our sexuality would reflect aspects of his divine nature. This gives our sexuality meaning. It becomes a vehicle to discover profound truths, engage in creative acts of love, and drink deeply of beauty as we bask in the joy of God.
But this means we can’t just do anything we want with our sexuality. Because there’s such a high standard of meaning we’re aspiring to, there clearly becomes right and wrong ways to express ourselves sexually – the right being expressions consistent with the nature and character of God.
And our sexuality gives us a foretaste and glimpse of the ultimate consummation of God with his people. Its transcendent nature is pointing toward the ultimate reality we’re moving toward.
While a worldview doesn’t answer every question, it does provide a useful framework for us to locate ourselves and find our way forward. And perhaps much of the heartache and grief we experience in our sexuality is because we’ve not developed a compelling and coherent worldview.
A very different life philosophy is adopted when our sexuality is seen mostly as transactional, or a consumer type relationship, however consensual they might also be.
In the end, there’s more to our sexuality than what we’ve often considered. Take the time to develop your sexual worldview – understanding why it exists, its meaning, standards, and the story God is telling through it.
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